Astros fall to former teammate Norris, Orioles

Astros fall to former teammate Norris, Orioles
August 1, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Porter: Bud Norris was typical Bud Norris

Bud Norris' debut as an Oriole was a success - for Norris and the Orioles. The Astros go down in the series finale 6-3. The Orioles stockpiled some runs in the middle innings to grab the lead and with it, the win. Norris struck out a season-high eight batters in his six innings.


The Astros had a 2-0 lead and Jordan Lyles was cruising. Then came the fifth inning. Jonathan Villar made an error that put runners on the corners. After that, the floodgates opened. The Orioles scored three runs in the fifth and scored another two in the sixth.


Lyles was on his game until that Villar error. Overall, his pitching line was 5.2 innings pitched, with nine hits allowed and three earned runs. Lyles struck out five and walked none.


Travis Blackley came in for Lyles in the sixth and gave up an inherited run. He gave up another in the seventh. Josh Zeid pitched a scoreless eighth in his second big-league appearance.


Six Astros had hits, including L.J. Hoes' first as an Astro. Chris Carter had a rough night, striking out his first three trips to the plate, but he did avoid a four-strikeout night during his final at-bat in the ninth. Brett Wallace and Marc Krauss hit home runs to give the Astros a 2-0 lead.


Villar's error was crucial to turning the tide. That said, the Astros did make some nice defensive plays as well. Robbie Grossman caught up with a deep fly ball to left in the fifth that limited the Orioles to a run on a sacrifice fly on the play, as opposed to the ball becoming a long double. Jimmy Paredes ranged far to his right and made the throw to first in the eighth. That was followed by a nice play by Matt Dominguez. The third baseman fielded a ricochet off of Zeid and still made the throw in time to first base.


The Astros now head to Minnesota to take on the Twins. Dallas Keuchel will get the start against Sam Deduno.

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